Angels 4, Dodgers 3
There was a lot not to like about the Angels performance on Friday evening at Chavez Ravine. For the first few innings, the Angels seemed like they were sleepwalking through their ABs vs. David Price, who entered the game with a 1.45 WHIP. The defense left much to be desired, with the outfield misplaying a few balls. Patrick Sandoval labored.
And then there was the baserunning.
There must have been a dugout mandate to attack Austin Barnes behind the plate, but at least initially, such plans looked horrendous. David Fletcher attempted a delayed steal and was easy pickings for Barnes. Later, Juan Lagares, on first base with two outs, was cut down stealing with Sandoval at the plate. The logic of stealing a base with two outs and the pitcher at the plate continues to escape me. If someone finds this shrivel of reasoning, please deliver it down below (it won’t be found).
(Just now the Angels attempted executing a double steal, which failed miserably. This team is amazing.)
Yet the running eventually started turning successful. Fletcher and Jack Mayfield swiped bags. And Sandoval shoved just enough (5 innings, 2 runs), to give the Angels a chance.
And two solo shots did manage to carry the team into extra innings, courtesy of José Iglesias and Capt Jack Mayfield.
Pun ignored, Mayfield really is having a time of things. It’s truly remarkable to watch.
Austin Warren pitched 2.1 innings of solid relief, following the scoreless appearances of Sam Selman and José Quijada, and we were onto the Manfred-ball.
With Jo Adell at second, Iglesias poked a double into right. Shohei Ohtani, who finally pinch-hit after the Angels had practically burned the bench, was intentionally walked, and Mayfield (who else!) flared a single to take a 4-2 lead.
Raisel Iglesias allowed the Manfred-run to score in the bottom of the tenth but otherwise closed the door on the Dodgers, who still chase the Giants in the NL West.
Title Image Screenshot from Cut4 Twitter
Ippei Mizuhara for Governor!
I think Ippei has the sweetest job imaginable.
War, what is it good for? This \/VVV
“On May 23, the Angels sat at 19-27, their lowest point of the season. Since then, they’ve been 5th in MLB in offensive WAR and 4th in pitching WAR. The Rays and Astros are the only AL teams with a better record in that span.”
Just wait till Trout and Rend…..
Unfortunately, our new found WAR still doesn’t work against most of the AL West.
Upton leading off, poor dodgers don’t know its going to be 1-0 after JUps 1st at bat
I was Surprised at that…….tough lineup card to fill out without Walsh, Sho and Maximum.
Doesn’t matter where Fletch hits…if it helps to get Upton going, sound good to me.
The Goose & Zukes at 4 & 5?
………Adding Marsh at #7.
So why does the Padres fans’ muscles look bigger than ours?
Worsy’er training/medical staff, nutrition, less man weight (Trouts Fatness excluded) atrophy from recent TJS…………
Boom goes the Bem.
Not sure why the Angels never thought much of him as a backup and now he’s replaced by baseball royalty offspring?
Feels like just shuffling the cards.
Suzuki? Isn’t BennyBoomBoom a better defensive catcher at this point?
Heandog getting lit up again. 2 run hr in the first, walks and hits for 2 more in the 2nd.
That sucks for Andrew. Pretty soon, he’ll be DFA’d if this keeps up. Maybe the MFY will run him through waivers and we can put a claim on him.
Our scouting is lacking, we aren’t alone…..thanks Yankees….even though we are paying him to suck in NY, we don’t need to watch.
I’m still optimistic someone can unlock his talent but pitching in that bandbox was a tough spot. Needs to get to the NL, I’m hopeful Giants could get him once he hits waivers.
And then, in true Heaney fashion, he transformed into good Heaney. 6 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks, 9 ks, 109 pitches. All the damage in the first two innings, then lights out.
Good Heaney is line for the win. Ha!
By the power of pinstripes, I got the power
HeanMan, the Master of the Universe
Same old Icy Hot…….
We are a funny group of fans and friends here at CTPG’s. In the last few weeks we have dumped on Marsh for not hitting, yet last night when we needed a runner moved to third he came through and showed a great arm. We have oft dumped on Fletch when he does not get a hit, yet he is second in the A.L. in hits. Last night it was The Goose who was maligned for not producing abet while in a slump. So who are recent targets, Goose, Ohtani for also slumping and the blame is on HRDerby, Captain Jack for not hitting then becomes a cult 2021 hero, Justin Upton, a Gold Glove CF’er for bad throws and plate failures and Stolen Base blunders, Marsh, through growing pains being already sent back to the minors by many here, along with many who forget the problems M.T. had in ’11. some others in the target zone are Suzuki, Ohtani’s fav behind the plate, Rendon for not hitting or fielding or running. Eaton for also failing with his bat but often a Hero with the leather and don’t forget Wong, Thaiss, and that bum of a Ward (who imho should still be on the ML team). Rojas and his penchant for collecting doubles and my personal target Renny (Rengifo) who can’t hit and he can’t field, can’t throw , can’t sing and he can’t dance. Oh but he can run. Walsh is injured, but God help him on his return if he can’t hit. So Ohtani is a God so no one even dares say he’s a bum for not hitting during his slump or running into outs. Stassi is left alone other than most think and Question why is he not in every games line up and playing every inning.
Yes we are a funny cast of characters that have assembled here. But we through it all have the one smile we all share and that is about our Team, The Halos and don’t be from another team and pop off bad about our guys because we will come for you, even if we don’t play you for 5 or 6 years we will remember. Yep we are a funny mixed group here, some are mostly upbeat and optimistic, some only see the downside and are pessimistic, some are funny and smirky and snarky, some really know the game and some not so much, but altogether we do fill in our schedules to come around and get through it all “Together”. So to you alI, I applaud our funny group and will be at the ready here tonight and share it all with you and will endear all as we all have a great time together win or lose. Well I think winning is more fun, at least in reading the post after our games. Funny Stuff.
I just come here for the book references
“What have you done for me this minute?”
This is a pretty fair rundown. We are indeed a mixed bag of fans.
I’d say we need to tone down the doom and gloom in here at times but hey…. I’m just a random guy on the internet *shrugs*
Complaining is 49% of the fun.
“at times” = any Angel loss
Right or wrong they literally give me a knot in my stomach for 2 hrs after every painful loss. This is therapy for me dammit dont rob me of it…🤷🏽♂️
All good baseball fans are fickle.
I’ll always remember GPB as the patriarch for the movement to oust Daron Sutton. Your my hero!
Don’t mess with The God Pa of Baseball
You are a terrible person
I think part of the problem is our good news is petty and fleeting, and our bad news is ingrained, structural, and deeply depressing. Give us an actual playoff win and it will all be sunshine and rainbows around here. Until then, we are, at heart, a bunch of cranky-ass fanatics.
I don’t know, we got actual playoff games in 2014.
No Sunshine and Rainbows.
This is going to be a volcanic of a take here ……
Jose Quijada has been great. That ERA he has was from that 0.1 ERA 5 run beat down from the Rays. That’s it.
Now I just jinxed him 🙄
Happy Birthday Trouty, 30 to us is still oh so young and you have a lot more to show us. Have yourself a great day as you will no doubt spend it with family and friends capped off with watching your team beat those guys in blue. Again have yourself a wonderful day.
Little fat bambino…….
Happy 30th birthday Mike Trout!
I find it frustrating that he will have played only played 89 games over his age 28 and 29 seasons. Let’s hope the fewer games put less stress on his body abd he has many great seasons ahead of him.
I find it frustrating this team hasn’t won a single playoff game with him.
That’s what happens when you have the worst owner in baseball
I’m starting to feel more frustrated that Mike cannot stay on the field.
All we have to do is complete the sweep of the Dodgers, then sweep whoever we play next and we’re right back in it!
Just looked at the schedule. Next 10 games are brutal. If the team could somehow go 5-5 in the next 10 that would be enormous.
That would be good but we really need to go on a massive winning streak, like a 15-4, to get to a Wild Card slot.
Well after the next 10 there are a bunch of winnable games
All we have to do is get to 76-72 by the middle of September and then we’ll be fine.
The fact that the Angels are playing .509 ball in early August is quite an accomplishment given the injuries, the bad bullpen, etc. It is fun seeing guys like Jack Mayfield having their moment in the sun.
Great win against a tough opponent. Even after listening to Joe’s remarks about it, I have still have zero answers as to the logic behind the Lagares SB attempt. Did our bullpen just give us 5 innings and only 1 run surrendered? WOW!
Wins against The Dodgers just seem to make my morning coffee taste even better.
Even an espresso tastes sweet
Anyone else up watching USA v Japan?
No, but do some scouting for us. We could use more Shohei’s 🙂
The guy managing team USA seems to be doing a good job. A little younger than Maddon, might be a good candidate when Joe steps down.
Put tape on your mouth !!!
That guy plays with his nostrils too much.
In all seriousness – heck of a job by Soth & Team USA. Congrats to Japan.
I know you are joking but better than Joe, easy call for me.
Apparently you’ve taken some mind-altering substance today.
There is hardly any Shohei left in the whole galaxy, but Yoshinobu Yamamoto is a guy who is reaching Iwakuma, Maeda level and has the potential to develop further reaching Tanaka, maybe even Darvish level.
Sandoval competing like a beast!!
Warren – what a story.
Iglesias- a closer we ha e not had for a long long time.
Fantastic pitching tonight.
You missed the other Iglesias
Doubled in the winning run in extras
And that ten pitch walk against Kelly, messing up whatever Roberts had planned for the pen the rest of the inning. Things really changed for the Halos after that at-bat.
You got O, I got pitching
eye see that now
The Angels won. The Reds won. Now six back of knocking the Dodgers out of the post season. The Phillies unseated a NY Team. It’s a great night…. accept when i think about all the women (and men) being beaten by irate Dodger fan partners after this loss. I mean it. Right now that’s 100% happening. The only way to stop it is to prevent people from becoming Dodger fans. Go Fund Me page coming soon.
I dropped out when it was 2-1. What a comeback! Sandoval continues to keep his team in position to win.
When our pitcher are stingy about giving walks we will win and of late very few walks allowed.
Few walks? By the Angels pitching?
For his nickname alone he should be retained…PotC was basically the greatest thing to come out of the 2000s
Ummm, hello! Crank and Crank:High Voltage?